Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Sought: Board of Education
What is your dream for Wallingford?
My dream for Wallingford’s educational system is that it will always be a positive learning environment for students and staff. I hope to help the district continue improving on opportunities for children. We need to further emphasize supports for struggling learners and for students who excel at learning (beyond the pace of the classroom). Meeting the needs of the faculty and school personnel in state-of-the-art facilities helps us to create the best learning environment for our children.
How do we get there?
The board of education is a way for the community (parents, students, community members) to have some input into how our educational system is run. As an elected member for the Board of Education, I am given the responsibility of listening to the community (our children and parents) and balancing that with working with the central office personnel to make sure our students are successful. In order to create this, there needs to be transparency, communication and an openness to growth, as well as an acceptance of the strengths of the professionals who run our schools.
I have devoted myself to education for 26 years. For the past six years, I have been assistant principal of curriculum at Cheshire High School. I spent the ten years prior to that as assistant principal. In my role as an administrator, I have created and overseen many programs, such as the Capstone graduation requirement, the Advisory program, the Scientific Research-Based Instruction process and the Freshmen Orientation Program (Link Crew). I have worked with Board of Education members in my district on hiring committees and presenting some of the programs that I initiated. I taught English for five years in the Cheshire school district as well as in the Meriden young mother’s program and in the Meriden and Berlin adult education programs.
In addition to that, I have taught as an adjunct for Southern Connecticut State University and St. Joseph's University. I earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, creating a dissertation that focused on social emotional learning in connection with anxiety in a high school setting. In addition, I have worked with members of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and have presented at national conventions for English and the Northeastern Educational Research Association.
My four children went to various Wallingford schools, and I took an active part in their education. I believe my experiences as an educator and a parent will help me contribute to the important decisions affecting our children's education.
These are the specific issues I would begin to target as a member of the Board of Education:
Ensure the town has the best setup for the learning environments we want our children to have by reviewing and contributing to the initiatives, already in place, for the physical school buildings.
Ensure we are putting funds and staffing/resources into reviewing innovation and future career paths—including those that may not even exist yet—by continuously reviewing curricula for future needs and growth in our economy.
Continue to support diversity training and awareness and programs for special education students.
Address white supremacy and structural racism
Continue to review school curricula, professional development, and school policy in regards to diversity awareness and training.
Address needs of under-represented communities
Reach out to community members who need guidance to obtain educational opportunities for their children.